Rugs are somehow a pivotal piece of furniture for a completed room. Rugs add a sense of coziness and style. They can cover unsightly spots, or act as the center of attention. Unfortunately, this attractive room addition can be excessively costly. Faux rugs can be painted for a fraction of the cost of a real rug and they don’t need to be washed. They also have the benefit of being customized specifically for your room. You could spend hours looking for the right rug for your room, or you could design one you know is right.
You will need a design, paint, paint rollers, paint brushes, paint trays, a measuring tape, painters tape, a level, a box cutter, steel wool and a paint extender.
Measure the area for your rug. You will want to keep the measurement in mind so that you can design to scale.
Design your rug with the color scheme playing a major role. Your rug can elegantly accent a more sophisticated space or be a color pop in a funky space. Be aware of what surface you are working with when choosing your paint. Your floor will determine the paint sheen.
Once your design is ready to go, prepare your surface. Clean your surface completely. For concrete floors, you may need to scrub off textured residue. Make sure the surface is dry before proceeding.
Now lay out your design with painter’s tape. This part can be excessively long and frustrating if you don’t use proper measurements. For a straight, perfectly angled rug, use a level and a box cutter to cut the tape.
Pour paint into paint trays and prepare your paint rollers.
Apply the base coat of paint and allow it to completely dry. Work from the inside out to avoid stepping on wet paint.
Apply a second coat of paint and double check your marks. Expand your rug with decorative borders or shapes with painters tape.
Use stencils for a sharp or intricate design.
For a fabric appearance, use paint extender. Mix one part paint extender with four parts paint.
After painting on this final layer, lightly drag the steel wool through the paint to create the ribbed fabric appearance. Leave the paint to dry
Remove the painters tape only after the paint is completely dry, you may have to return to touch up once the tape is removed. Remember the surface beneath the tape will be bare so you can leave it as borders or fill it in.
Rearrange your room to fit your new rug and enjoy the money you saved on an expensive addition.